Valdes: Important to start well

Victor Valdes has spoken of the value in Barcelona winning the Supercopa de Espana to begin their season.

La Blaugrana picked up the trophy on Wednesday evening after defeating Atletico Madrid on the away goals rule.

On from a 1-1 result achieved in Madrid last week, Barca had their goalkeeper to thank for collecting yesterday’s decisive goalless draw at the Camp Nou, with two notable saves in particular.

“The first was more about reflexes, and being ready to block Turan from shooting until the last second,” consider Valdes in conversation today with Barca TV.

“For the second, because I know Villa so well, I moved forwards a bit, knowing which way he was likely to go.

“On a personal level, I’m very happy with the season has started. It’s always nice to win a trophy. My role at Barca is not about getting involved much.  But when I do, I normally use my feet more than my hands. So it's good to be able to show I can use my hands as well.

“There are a lot of areas where I still need to improve. You might get something right one day, but not the next. I’ll have to train hard for a difficult season, in which Barca are the team they all want to beat. We’ll have to take things one game at a time.

“It was very important to start the season with this title. The players appreciate what it means. We knew how good Atletico Madrid are on the counter attack and at taking second chances. It’s not a style we feel comfortable playing against.”

The 31-year-old is in his final season with Barcelona, having confirmed he will leave at the expiry of his contract next June.

“People who know me know that when I make a decision, I make it. I’m very happy to play one more season at Barca and I want to end my time here with my head high. I’m as enthusiastic as ever.

“My most memorable night? There have been three important nights in my life. The night I met my wife, the night my son was born, and the night of the Champions League in Paris…”

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